NAWCC Library & Research Center
The Fortunat Mueller-Maerki Library & Research Center (LARC) is one of the largest in the world dedicated to the study of time and timekeeping. The collection includes books, videos, catalogs, periodicals and archival material.
Library Visiting Hours
April – December
January – March
Special Closures for Holidays
New Years Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Using the Library
Contact the Library
514 Poplar Street
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717-684-8261 (Option 7)
What’s New at the Library?
- The Inner Workings of a Watch: a Simple Guide for Enthusiasts of Clockwork Mechanisms by Anonymous
- The Antikythera Mechanism: the History and Mystery of the Ancient World’s Most Famous Astronomical Device
- The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C. J. Archer
- The Watch Buff’s Book of Trivia: 473 Fun Facts about Timepieces by Norma Buchanan
- Watches-N-Time: Introductory Guide to the World of Watches and Time Management by Vincenzo Carrara
- The Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton Years: the Finale of a Great American Watch Company by Frederic Friedberg
- Soon Timepiece Phenomena: Adventures in Concept Watch Design by Olivier Gamiette
- How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
- Special Comtoise Clocks and Lantern Clocks: Speciale Comtoises en Lantaarnklokken by Chris Hooijkass
- A Portable Cosmos: Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, Scientific Wonder of the Ancient World by Alexander Jones
- Hamilton Pocket Watch Collection by Li Jun
- Musical Clocks of Early America 1730-1830: a Catalogue Raisonné by Kate Van Winkle Keller and Gary R. Sullivan
- The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything by John D. MacDonald
- Watchmakers: the Masters of Art Horology by Maxima Gallery
- British Watchcase Gold & Silver Marks: a History of Watchcase Makers and Registers of their Marks from Original Assay Office Records in England, Ireland, and Scotland by Philip T. Priestley
- Bulova: a History of Firsts by Aaron Sigmond
- The Music of Early American Clocks: 1730-1830 by Gary R. Sullivan and Kate Van Winkle Keller
- Timely Advice: a Beginner’s Guide to Fine Timepieces by Jason Swire
- Collecting Private Lable Watches by Dave Coatsworth
- Collecting Horological Collateral by Pat Holloway
- A Day in the Life of a Curator by Kim Jovinelli
The LARC’s collection is open to the public, feel free to bring in your watch or clock for the staff to look at when you visit the museum or you can come in to conduct your own research. For those who cannot come to the library do to research, the LARC staff is available to answer research questions for a fee of $40. NAWCC members’ questions are answered without charge. More information can be found here.
Appointments for access should be made at least three days in advance. Research appointments are required for projects lasting for more than one day or requiring access to more than one collection, two boxes or five folders, but not required for small, short term projects. Letting the librarians know ahead of time what you will be interested in looking at will make things go more smoothly once you arrive.
NAWCC members may borrow up to three books, videos, Bulletin issues, or microfilm reels at a time, in any combination, by mail.
Please use the library’s catalog to make sure that the items that you want are available for lending. Is the catalog record shows items with “Lending” as the location, there are copies available to lend. If you have any questions about whether a book or video is available to lend, please contact the library. (Books with Spec at the beginning of their call number are Special Collections and may not be borrowed)
Please include a check, cash, or money order for the amount of postage due. Lending/Shipping fees are a flat rate of $7. Credit card payments may be made through PayPal by contacting the library or pay online here.
Online Requests may be made through the catalog by following the “Request Hold” link to the right of the title on the results screen. Please include a valid email address that you check regularly so that we can contact you to confirm the request. Fees can by paid by credit card through PayPal or by requesting an invoice to pay cash or check when returning the items.
Insurance is required when shipping any books valued at over $100. Insurance requirements are noted in a book’s catalog record.
Items are on loan for 6 weeks. If you need an item for more than 6 weeks, contact the library to renew.
If an item that you request is on loan to another member you will be notified and it will be put on reserve for you and sent as soon as it is returned to the library.
If you do not receive your requested items or a notice that they are on reserve within three weeks after you send your request, please contact the library.
The library does not charge overdue fines, but lending and research privileges are suspended for members who have overdue books.
A reminder will be sent by email and/or US mail to members who have books out that are more than a month overdue.
If no response is received after three overdue notices are sent by the library, the member will be charged for the cost of replacing the items on loan to him or her.
International members may use the Lending Library by agreeing to pay airmail postage in both directions for items borrowed. Books that must be insured cannot be loaned unless the international member agrees to assume full responsibility for them during the sending and returning of the items. Please note that VHS tapes and DVDs may not be compatible with non-U.S. video players. Please note that we cannot accept non-US checks. Lending fees must be paid in cash or by credit card.
Sending books to Canada costs approximately twice as much as within the United States, as they are shipped airmail; therefore, shipping charges for Canadian members are double the amount that United States members must pay. Books that must be insured cannot be loaned unless the Canadian member agrees to assume full responsibility for them during the sending and returning of the items. Please note that we cannot accept non-US checks. Lending fees must be paid in cash or by credit card.